A study by the City of Federal Way, Wash., found that residential car washing led to numerous pollutants being released each year into their storm sewer system, including 190 gallons of gasoline, diesel and motor oil; 400 pounds of phosphorus and nitrogen; and 60 pounds of ammonia. Can you believe that?! I feel awful about the results of this study and will happily go to professional car washes in the future.
The International Carwash Association® (ICA) has a lot of interesting information about the benefits of washing your car at a professional carwash. Check out this interesting information:
"You may be surprised to learn that professional car washes are typically a much greener option for washing vehicles than washing your car in the driveway at home. Washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons in as little as five minutes, but most professional car washes treat and recycle water, virtually eliminating waste. The average homeowner uses 116 gallons of water to wash a car, according to the Mid-America Regional Council, and most commercial car washes use 60 percent less water for the entire process than a homeowner uses just to rinse the car.
WaterSavers professional car washes use only 40 gallons or less of fresh water per car wash – that’s less than the typical home washing machine uses per load. The process cleans and re-uses the water for future car washes, or it undergoes treatment prior to returning it clean to the environment. For more information and to find a certified location near you, visit WashWithWaterSavers.com"This summer, instead of grabbing a bucket and hose, take your car to a local professional car wash to help save water, protect aquatic life and preserve the environment.
It makes sense to me that professional car washes are designed to be more efficient and environmentally friendly than a hose in a driveway, street, or parking lot. I'll definitely take advantage of professional carwashes from now on.
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I am working with the International Carwash Association to share these tips. However, my opinions are honest and my own.